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1 year 2 months ago #62994

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Join the Connacht Clan as Connacht take on last years Pro14 finalist Scarlets in the Sportsground. It's sure to be a bruising encounter in the ongoing Month of Champions!

Dont forget to join us in the Clan Bar for the usual post-Match interview. If you want to join the Clan, or collect your membership pack, make your way to the Clan Bar before the game, or after the interview! See ye there!


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1 year 2 months ago #62996

Might we see something like the following line-up for tomorrow's game:
15 - TOH.
14 - Niyi.
13 - Bundee.
12 - Tom Farrell.
11 - Matt H.
10 - Jack Carty.
9 - Marmion
1 - Denis.
2 - Shane Delahunt.
3 - Finlay.
4 - Thornberry.
5 - Ultan.
6 - SOB.
7 - Fainga'a
8 - Copeland (Capt).

16 - Tom McCartney.
17 - Conan O'Donnell.
18 - Conor Carey.
19 - Roux.
20 - Paul Boyle.
21 - Blade.
22 - Ronaldson.
23 - Godwin.

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1 year 2 months ago #62999

Betty Swallocks wrote: Might we see something like the following line-up for tomorrow's game:
15 - TOH.
14 - Niyi.
13 - Bundee.
12 - Tom Farrell.
11 - Matt H.
10 - Jack Carty.
9 - Marmion
1 - Denis.
2 - Shane Delahunt.
3 - Finlay.
4 - Thornberry.
5 - Ultan.
6 - SOB.
7 - Fainga'a
8 - Copeland (Capt).

16 - Tom McCartney.
17 - Conan O'Donnell.
18 - Conor Carey.
19 - Roux.
20 - Paul Boyle.
21 - Blade.
22 - Ronaldson.
23 - Godwin.


Conor Carey, Conan O'Donnell and Shane Delahunt are all playing for the eagles.

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1 year 2 months ago #63000

Delahunt and O'donnell are playing for the Eagles tonight. Heff and McCabe will be in the 23

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1 year 2 months ago #63001

One of Godwin and Butler will have to sit out of the 23 if McCartney is in

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1 year 2 months ago #63002

Isn't Tom an Irish-qualified project player though? Although if not I suspect Jarrad might be rested, particularly if Copeland is back.

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1 year 2 months ago #63003

It's passport based not IQ based I thought so unless he has an Irish passport it's still 3 into 2

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1 year 2 months ago #63004

connemara man wrote: It's passport based not IQ based I thought so unless he has an Irish passport it's still 3 into 2


McCartney's wife is an Irish passport holder and has been since before they came over. He'd be entitled to a passport 3 years from the date they got married.

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1 year 2 months ago #63005

www.connachtrugby.ie/copelan...-sportsground/

Team named. starts for Copeland Bundee Farell. Buckley back Kelleher in for Niyi. No Boyle and Thornbury starts Dillane is sub.

Godwin misses out on the 3 into 2

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1 year 2 months ago #63007

Kick-off 5:15pm:

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8 ) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler, Robin Copeland.

Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ultan Dillane, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.

Happy with the look of that team.


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1 year 2 months ago #63009

Can't wait to see what Copeland brings, after the last few games Boyle deserves a week break although I'm half surprised he's not in at backrow cover given his impact.


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1 year 2 months ago #63010

Going into the season I'd have guessed at that lineup (hooker excepted), as our first choice. Given that Heff is vice captain, it probably is our first XV with the possible exception of Boyle for Copeland or SOB.

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1 year 2 months ago #63012

Anything wrong with Boyle or just being rested after some great games does anyone know. Excited see what Copeland can bring to the team too though.

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1 year 2 months ago #63014

Being rested I'd say, AF did mention 'he can't play every game'

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1 year 2 months ago #63016

Which would probably mean TOH, Matt H, Jack C, both stating props and Jarrad having to sit out a game soon - hopefully not the Leinster one!

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1 year 2 months ago #63017

salmson wrote:

connemara man wrote: It's passport based not IQ based I thought so unless he has an Irish passport it's still 3 into 2


McCartney's wife is an Irish passport holder and has been since before they came over. He'd be entitled to a passport 3 years from the date they got married.


Too much is made of the "non-European" rule. I don't think we have more than two that aren't qualified (I would guess Butler and Horwitz). Godwin is Zimbabwe born, Tom is covered by residency (3 year does it I think, IQ or no) and the others have pacific island heritage so may qualify for a relevant citizenship. The only club I ever hear mentioned in connection with this rule is Leinster (though I'm sure Toulon, Racing, etc. have to work around it). I really doubt a team like Connacht can afford to be signing players they might not be able to play.


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